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Beneath the Bleeding (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 5)
Beneath the Bleeding (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 5)
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars topical and interesting but a little below par, 12 May 2008
As usual pacy and well written by McDermid. The development of Tony's character has been a long time coming and adds substance to the novels. It also moves them away from being books of TV programme, as most viewers think TV programme came first!!

The footballer theme was well developed, interesting and gripping . It also gave ithoughtful insight into that elitist lifestyle for a non football fan.

However the "terrorist" angle didn't really work in parts, with the exception of the effect on bombers family and how community was affected by the carnage glossed over.

The hospital scenes were not terribly accurate but could be ignored as content added to plotting. Also felt finale a little tenuous involving the "bombers" identity and motives.

Mind you, was a great read despite these faults, I eagarly await next Tony Hill novel, and hopefully with a return to form


The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 1)
The Mermaids Singing (Tony Hill and Carol Jordan, Book 1)
by Val McDermid
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars gripping read, 30 April 2007
a well written novel with twists and turns expected in this calibre of thriller. The torture scenes whilst graphic were well written but not sensationalist. However it was let down by the ending. It seemed somewhat implausible and the murderer was not seen in the end as a realistic character. However it is an excellent delve into tortured minds and their actions


Tooth And Nail (A Rebus Novel)
Tooth And Nail (A Rebus Novel)
by Ian Rankin
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars my first Ian Rankin, 12 Mar. 2007
Have just read this and enjoyed it a lot. The plot was well crafted and the characters believable.

Despite being graphic and disturbing at times it was well balanced with wry humour and anedotes

I will certainly read more of this author's work


Denial
Denial
by Peter James
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping and thought provoking, 5 Feb. 2007
This review is from: Denial (Paperback)
the most page-turning book I have read for many years. It delved deep into the minds of the pschyiatrically disturbed who can maintain a veneer of normality until their comfort zone is rocked

The twists and turns of the plot gradually moved from almost commonplace criminal events until a terifying climax

The elements of torture, whilst horriffically described, only enhanced the serious problems of the main character's mental health and gave substance to the plot


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